Frank Kaminski

Frank Kaminski is an ardent reader and reviewer of books related to natural resource depletion, climate change and other issues affecting the fate of industrial civilization. He lives in southwestern Washington state near the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.


A wreathed hornbill male flying in the rain in the early morning at its roost site in July in Darlong village near Pakke Tiiger Reserve, India.

Review: “The Book of Rain” by Thomas Wharton

The story takes place in a near-future version of western Canada and centers on a fictional town called River Meadows, which once served as an epicenter for the extraction and production of a fossil fuel-like substance called ghost ore. This ore is vastly more energy-dense than any previously known energy source, and its environmental impacts are equally unprecedented. When emitted into the environment, it unleashes disruptive temporal anomalies known as “decoherences,” which severely warp people’s perception of reality.

December 1, 2023

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Review: Building Tomorrow by Paddy Le Flufy

For those seeking clear, practical guidance on what they can do to help steer our society away from its current unsustainable, perpetual-growth economy toward a sustainable, harmonious one, Building Tomorrow is highly recommended.

October 30, 2023

Amanda's tiny house being sealed

Review: The Girls’ Guide To Off Grid Living by Amanda Kovattana

Amanda Kovattana is a fascinating woman, someone who has lived a truly extraordinary life by consistently choosing to live it on her own terms.

September 28, 2023

The Lake

Movie review: The Lake

The Lake is a big-budget Thai eco-monster movie in which giant amphibious lake creatures rampage through a town in rural northeastern Thailand.

August 23, 2023

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Movie review: The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

Godzilla and this film can both be seen as modern-day parables warning of the consequences of unchecked scientific hubris and heedless meddling with nature.

July 18, 2023

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Review: Midworld by Alan Dean Foster

At his best, Foster is an astonishing spinner of captivating, immersive, delightfully otherworldly tales—one who can be credited with having given this reviewer some of his fondest memories of reading, both as a child and as an adult.

June 23, 2023

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